CLASSES For children from birth to 3.5 with parent/caregiver
45 minute sessions - Fees
are listed at the bottom of this page
To help parents gain insight into the fascinating role of musical learning in early childhood, we’re pleased to recommend to all of our parents an informative and practical booklet “Getting In Tune: The Powerful Influence of Music on Young Children’s Development”published by the Zero to Three Organization.
"Getting in Tune" - pdf
♦ ARFIE’S MUSIC ADVENTURES ArtsCetera’s own music program brings together an eclectic group of children’s musicians to create a multi-lingual, multi-level music experience. The star of our program is our
imaginary mascot Arfie, who comes to life through singer/songwriter Morgan Taylor, the creator of the
wildly popular stage show Gustafer Yellowgold. Each Arfie song collection features a musical lesson song
which helps parents teach their children things they need to know as they grow, like how to meet a dog
and how to cross the street safely. Classes include a CD and illustrated booklet each semester.
♦ MUSIC FOR AARDVARKS & OTHER MAMMALS Developed by Brooklyn’s David Weinstone, Aardvarks music hit the national scene with David’s success on the Nickelodeon network, but has been a Brooklyn favorite for
a decade. Aardvarks is the “grand-daddy” of hip kid’s music and brings a unique voice to the genre, with
infectious urban classics like Taxi. David began his teaching career here at ArtsCetera, so we’re especially
proud to continue bringing his music to you. Includes a CD each semester. (www.musicforaardvarks.com)
CLASS FORMAT AND AGE GROUPINGS
In MIXED-AGE CLASSES (birth to 3.5) children participate according to their developmental level and personality in a fun group environment. Infants and toddlers learn through what comes naturally - sounding, singing, moving, playing percussive instruments, observing and imitating. We build on your child’s innate musicality, and encourage children to “plug themselves in” without the expectation of formal participation. Our activities are accessible for all, from babies who bounce and coo, to toddlers who find the beat. Children build skills in a shared learning environment, and participants pool their abilities to create a dynamic musical experience.
INFANT CLASSES for babies up to 12 months, are a gentle introduction to the experience of music-making.
Moms, dads and caregivers create the experience for the youngest of the young, and as the babies grow,
they become more active in their participation. Most “graduate” into mixed age classes sometime after their
first birthday, all depending on their shifting nap schedules. While many babies are more comfortable with
this approach, some do enjoy mixed-age classes, depending on their personality.
CLASSES for babies up to 18 months, generally “bridge the gap” for infants who are soon to be full-on
toddlers. These classes work well for kids who enjoy a relatively calm group experience, but are moving into
being more actively engaged in music-making.
Please call or email if you have questions on choosing the right class for your child.
PLAYGROUP and ARFIE'S ART & PLAY
(with parent/caregiver; one hour sessions)
ART PLAYGROUP 18 mos. to 3½ years Introduce your child to the world of pre-school in a relaxed, creative
environment. Children transition from free play to structured group activities, including art, music,
movement and story time. Throughout, they are supported to work independentl. Developed and taught by Sharon Enlow.
ARFIE’S ART AND PLAY 20 months to 4 years is a great option for kids who enjoy a big helping of musical
play with their weekly art projects. The class incorporates movement, books and music activities as doors
to the imagination, using our Arfie song collections. Both collaborative group projects and “take home” solo
projects figure into each session. Families receive a CD collection with the class. Developed by Vicki
Devor and Nanette De Cillis, taught by Jenn Hyjack, Annie Lynch and Nanette De Cillis.
classes run for one hour
Arfie's Open Play
Experts say our children are not getting enough unstructured play time, which they report is essential for healthy development. Here's a great way to add more free play time to your child's lif in a safe, welcoming environment. Some sessions include a short Sing Along segment to add to the fun. Creative play for all ages from infants up to 5 years. Toys, coloring, lego table, puzzles, reading corner.
Drop-In Parent/caregiver supervised with an ArtsCetera staffer on hand. $10 per session.
ARTSCETERA MUSIC & ART PROGRAMS:
TUITION FEES AND CLASS MATERIALS
MUSIC ADVENTURES: $245 (Returning families); $260 (New*
families); SIBLING FEE (10 MONTHS & UP): $125.00. Tuition
includes 10 classes; includes a music CD and accompanying booklet.
Tuition is $125 for 5 classes ($140 for new families); sibling fee is $75.
FOR AARDVARKS AND OTHER MAMMALS: $270
(Returning families); $285 (New* families); SIBLING FEE (10 MONTHS
& UP): $125.00. Tuition includes 10 classes; includes a music
Tuition is $135 for 5 classes ($150 for new families); sibling fee is $75.
ART PLAYGROUP and ARFIE'S ART & PLAY: $270 (Returning
families); $285 (New* families); SIBLING FEE FOR SIBLINGS WHO
MEET THE AGE REQUIREMENTS): $150. Tuition includes 10 classes
and all art materials.
Playgroup and Arfie's Art & Play Summer Tuition is $135 for 5 classes ($150 for new families); sibling fee is
9 months and under attend free when accompanying a registered
older sibling in a mixed-age music class!
Family means new to ArtsCetera. One-time registration fee
is not required when adding or changing classes.